Wednesday Morning Edition

Good morning all,


Mark Willemse listens to the people – now there’s a change.  I wonder how much the looming liability for the fire damage has to do with what’s going on in Knysna?  Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival has been moved to next Easter.

Martin Vorster has a sizeable lead going into the final round of the Junior Open – let’s hope he can finish the job today.

Trump continues to shake up the world.  You needn’t like him, but he’s pulling America back from the precipice.

I’m dumbfounded by how Barack Obama preaches against all the things he, himself is guilty of.  And the world remains blind to the truth.

The JSE makes a small comeback – eish but we are resilient!  At least the US farmers see what Trump is doing.  May gets a Brexit reprieve, but it’s going to be tough [maybe impossible] to put this one to bed.

England sees off India – too easily to my mind – something’s going on behind the scenes.  Lions and Sharks face tough battles this weekend.  I like CSA’s new leadership.  Blitzbokke look to set the record straight.


Western Cape and France to build South Africa’s First Solar Powered Desalination in Hessequa

Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, M. Nicolas Hulot, and the Western Cape Government’s MEC for Finance, Dr. Ivan…

Fire relief: Council listens to the people

At the Special Council meeting held today, Executive Mayor, Mark Willemse, tabled an item to review the availability charges levied…

Garden Route National Park strengthens partnerships during Mandela Day centenary

SANParks employees in the Garden Route are taking more than 67 minutes to strengthen partnerships for Mandela Day centenary celebrations…

Translation booth and more seats for public for council meetings

George Municipality council meetings will from now be streamed live to the municipality’s conference hall where more members of the…

Cuppa For Cansa

Dis tyd vir die jaarlikse Cuppa For CANSA wat plaasvind op Lente Dag, 1 September. Dit gaan weereens ‘n groot…

Duo Paddle 67km to save Shongweni Reserve after Land Claim Ruin – Mandela Day

The reserve situated in Outer West, Ethikweni is 1700 hectares of pristine biodiversity and is currently home to 12 Giraffe, 12…

Local Drug Action Committee Reaches out

The Local Drug Action Committee (LDAC) hosted an outreach workshop in Rheenendal on Thursday, 28 June. The workshop, which was…

The Open Championship Food & Wine Pairing Menu | 31 July 2018 at Route57 Restaurant

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WONDERboom surprises with new single and announce SA Tour!

WONDERboom needs no introduction!  After 22 years, nine albums, multiple awards and a lifetime of experiences behind them, they are…

Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival date has changed

Upon consultation with the Plett wine industry, we have decided to move the date of the Plett Wine & Bubbly…

Stormsriver Adventures – Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours places 5th in the TripAdvisor 2018 Travellers Choice Awards

Stormsriver Adventures has again excelled as an excellent tourism attraction and are 5th in the Tripadvisor 2018 Travellers Choice –…

Weather Update: Heavy rain expected from Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth News24

Heavy rain is expected from Plettenberg Bay towards Port Elizabeth, with scattered showers over parts of the Karoo on Tuesday. Rain. The Eastern …

SANParks’ Garden Route employees do their bit for Mandela Day Citizen

One of SANParks’ employees along the Garden Route helps to paint structures at a creche in White Location, Knysna, 17 July 2018. Picture: Supplied …

‘She is a really special girl’ – Tim Tebow on dating Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters

Miss Universe‚ Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has reportedly been swept off her feet by a hunky American sportsman‚ Tim Tebow.


Vorster flies clear of Junior Open opposition

17 July 2018 – South Africa’s Martin Vorster opened up a yawning lead in the second round of The Junior…

Madibaz surfers fired up for Vic Bay challenge

The Madibaz surfing team will be aiming to go all the way when they target the University Sport South Africa…

RCS sponsors SA’s most beautiful trail run

Over the past decade, trail running has taken the running world by storm. In the space of just over ten…

International News

Trump says he accepts Russia interfered in US election in latest reversal July 17, 2018

The comment marks a rare, though narrow, retreat by the US president; Democratic leader accuses Trump of ‘squirming away’

Russia and Kazakhstan cut Iran steel sales July 17, 2018

The reduction of hot-rolled steel coils to Iran shows a shift in behaviour for fear of falling foul of US sanctions

Trump says meeting with Putin ‘even better’ than with NATO July 17, 2018

US President Donald Trump says that his inaugural summit with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin was better than the one he held last week with traditional US allies in NATO.

Israel shuts down cargo crossing into Gaza to punish Hamas July 17, 2018

Israel says it is closing its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip for several days to punish Hamas for its hostilities.

National News

Barack Obama: resist politics of fear and resentment July 17, 2018

Delivering the Nelson Mandela annual lecture in Johannesburg, Obama says the world order has fallen short of its promise

South African initiative wins prestigious global education award July 17, 2018

The impact that a South African programme has made on the education of children has earned it a prestigious international award.

Land expropriation hearings move to KZN July 17, 2018

The Constitutional Review Committee is in KwaZulu-Natal to hold public hearings on the possible amendment of Section 25 of the Constitution to allow land expropriation without compensation.

Patricia de Lille’s battle with DA set to intensify

The City of Cape Town mayor could face another motion of confidence when the council meets next week.

Business News

MARKET WRAP: JSE snaps five-session losing streak, led by banks July 17, 2018

After volatile trade, the local bourse ends the day higher, bolstered by a stable rand and falling oil price, with rand hedges and Sasol faring the worst

US farmers are standing by their man, Trump, even as trade war starts to bite July 17, 2018

‘He’s making a high-risk business decision that probably should have been made a long time ago. But it’s definitely a risk’

After reprieve, May faces Brexit battle in Parliament on trade July 17, 2018

May’s vulnerability in Parliament was laid bare on Monday when her decision to accept the demands of pro-Brexit lawmakers stirred a rebellion among those who want to keep the closest possible ties in the EU.

Sports News

Root ton leads England to series victory over India July 17, 2018

Joe Root became England’s all-time leading one-day international century-maker as he lead to claim the ODI series against India.

Stormers pivot Willemse the Bok heir-apparent to Jantjies? July 17, 2018

Twenty two Stormers and Bulls players will attend a Bok camp in Stellenbosch, Lions and Sharks players to be added at the end of Super Rugby

Lions defence coach Mongalo expects tough Jaguares test July 17, 2018

Coach Joey Mongalo says they expect to be put under pressure defensively on Saturday.

Cricket SA rejects $70m deal for T20 league, but won’t say why July 17, 2018

A UK-based Indian businessman offered to run the CSA’s T20 league for 11 years; he was not allowed to present the deal in person, and is mystified why it wasn’t taken up.

Blitzboks eager to set World Cup record straight

Cape Town – The Blitzboks are well aware of the fact that South Africa is yet to win the Melrose Cup, but they believe that the effort from the 2018 group at the …


Frankenstein’s writer comes to life on the big screen!

She will forever be remembered as the writer who gave the world Frankenstein. But the real-life story of Mary Shelley,…

Poetry in McGregor Festival 24 to 26 August 2018, McGregor

The sixth Poetry in McGregor Festival 2018 will be held over the weekend of August 24-26. The festival organisers (The…

Last chance to vote for your favourite establishment in the Fourth Annual Sanlam Top Destination Awards

Voting for the fourth annual Sanlam Top Destination Awards started in March and voters have been showing great support for…


You and your money can go further and experience more, with a Nedbank Foreign Currency Account

July 2018 – One of the best things about becoming an adult is the opportunity you have to earn your…

Book Review: Jeremy Vannie Elsies

Jeremy Vearey Tafelberg Review: Brian Joss Jeremy Vearey, a Cape Town police officer, is often in the headlines for his…

Book Review: Anatoli

Authentic Turkish Cuisine Tayfun Aras Human & Rousseau Review: Brian Joss Anatoli Restaurant in De Waterkant precinct of Cape Town…

Book Review: The President Is Missing

Bill Clinton and James Patterson Century (Penguin Random House) Review: Brian Joss James Patterson is a prolific author and has…

Book Review: Birding In South Africa’s National Parks

Rob Little Photographs: Maans Booysen Jacana Review: Brian Joss Ecotourism which includes avitourism has the potential to alleviate poverty by…

NADA backs planned new code of conduct that gives customers a choice of where to maintain their vehicles

Brian Joss – With the imminent publishing of the second draft to the Code of Conduct for Competition in the…

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